Broome County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Academy

155 Lt. VanWinkle Drive, Binghampton, NY 13905

The Broome County Law Enforcement Academy provides state mandated training for 40 law enforcement agencies in a 7 county area. This area is the zone 6 training area for New…


Phone: 607-778-1911

Cazenovia Pre-Employment Police Basic Training Program

22 Sullivan Street, Cazenovia, NY 13035

The program, operated through Cazenovia College’s Center for Career and Extended Learning, is designed for current civilian or non-sworn New York State residents who are interested in entering the law…


Phone: 315-655-7288

Central New York Police Academy – Onondaga Community College

4969 Onondaga Road, Syracuse, NY 13215

The Central New York Police Academy, a major component of the Public Safety Training Center, is one of the largest and most respected police academies in the state. In cooperation…


Phone: 315-498-6046

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Academy

525 Falconer Street, Jamestown, NY 14702

Since 1978 the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Academy, in partnership with JCC, has offered a unique program to those interested in careers as police officers. The “pre-service” training program provides successful…


Phone: 716-388-1095

David Sullivan-St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy

34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY 13617

Since 1996, SUNY Canton College, through its Criminal Justice Curriculum, in conjunction with the David Sullivan/St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Council, has offered the New York State Basic Course for…


Phone: 315-386-7136

Delaware County Law Enforcement Academy

280 Phoebe Lane , Delhi, NY 13753

The Delaware County Law Enforcement Academy first began operating in the early 1990’s. The academy was created to offer the New York State D.C.J.S. basic course for police officers, to…


Phone: 607-746-2336 ext. 236

Dutchess County Law Enforcement Academy

150 North Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

The Training Unit of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office conducts the New York State – Division of Criminal Justice Services Police Academy for recruit officers. The academy is accredited by…


Phone: 845-486-3875

Elmira Regional Public Safety Training Center

311 W. Center Street, Elmira, NY 14901

The Elmira Regional Public Safety Training Center was established in 2009 for the purpose of training our regional public safety 1st Responders. The center holds NYS Certified Classes for both…


Phone: 607-737-5804

Erie County Central Police Services Public Safety Training Academy

6205 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221

The Law Enforcement Training Academy became fully operational on January 1, 1974. Since that time the Academy has provided a full range of law enforcement training to all agencies in…


Phone: 716-270-5370

Little Falls Police Academy

659 East Main Street, Little Falls, NY 13365

The academy operates when a need from other agencies is identified. To date, we have trained over 100 police officers and sheriff deputies from the Counties of Herkimer, Oneida, Madison,…


Phone: 315-823-1123

Mohawk Valley Police Academy

1101 Sherman Drive, Utica, NY 13502

The mission of the Police Pre-Employment Police Training Program is to train individuals who have the potential to become honest, ethical, knowledgeable, competent and fit law enforcement officers. Pre-Employment recruits…


Phone: 315-731-5728

Monroe Community College Public Safety Training Facility

1190 Scottsville Road, Rochester, NY 14624

The Public Safety Training Facilty (PSTF) is a regional emergency training complex for police, fire and emergency medical personnel located in Rochester, NY.


Phone: 585-753-3800

New York City Police Academy

130-30 28th Avenue, Flushing, NY 11354

The mission of the Training Bureau is to transform uniformed and civilian members of the Police Department into law enforcement professionals, equipped with the necessary academic and tactical knowledge to…


Phone: 212-477-9727

New York State Preparedness Training Academy

5900 Airport Road, Oriskany, NY 13424

The New York State Preparedness Training Center (SPTC) is the multidiscipline complex operated by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES). It is located in…


Phone: 315-235-0649

Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Academy

PO Box 1947, Niagara University, NY 14109

The Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy (N.C.L.E.A.) was founded in 1973 to serve the police agencies of Niagara County. The Academy, which does extensive training of police, corrections, communications officers…


Phone: 716-286-8759

Orange County Police Academy

520 Sue Kelly Avenue, New Windsor, NY 12553

In addition to basic certification, officers will be certified in NYS DCJS Breath Analysis Operator’s Course, NYS DCJS Radar/Lidar Course, and NYS Drugs That Impair Course at no additional charge.


Phone: 845-567-6042

Otsego County Law Enforcement Academy

University Police Alumni Hall Oneonta State College, Oneonta, NY 13820

The Otsego County Law Enforcement Academy was founded by Otsego County Sheriff Donald R. Mundy, Sr. in 1995. The mission of the Academy was to provide a basic course for…


Phone: 607-436-2599

Plattsburgh Police Academy

45 Pine Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901

The Plattsburgh Police Department hosts the Zone 9 Plattsburgh Police Training Academy, currently directed by Ron Santor. The academy is held approximately once a year for the various police agencies…


Phone: 518-536-7575

Rochester Police Academy

1190 Scottsville Road, Rochester, NY 14624

The Rochester Police Department (RPD) police academy is a local academy that is held at the Monroe County Public Safety Training Facility at 1190 Scottsville Rd. Students generally attend the…


Phone: 716-428-7540

Rockland County Police Academy

35 Firemen's Memorial Drive, Pomona, NY 10970

The Rockland County Police and Public Safety Academy believes that people are our greatest asset and resource. With that belief in mind, it is the Academy’s objective to provide training…


Phone: 845-364-8700

Rural Police Training Academy – Genesee Community College

One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020

Established in 1985 as a training source for local rural Police Departments in the GLOW region, Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming Counties at the suggestion of area Police Chiefs and…


Phone: 585-345-6868

Ulster County Law Enforcement Training Group –

94 Marys Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401

In 2004, Sheriff Rich Bockelmann and the City of Kingston Police Department entered into an agreement with the Ulster County Community College that allows college students to attend the newly…


Phone: 845-943-5707

Zone 5 Law Enforcement Academy

121 Erie Boulevard, Schenectady, NY 12305

The Zone 5 Training Academy is located in Schenectady, NY and serves Albany, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington Counties, New York. The Academy is a…


Phone: 518-393-2707

If you are thinking about becoming a police officer in the state of New York, then you have to understand that it is different then most police departments. The New York police department has the biggest police department in the United States. Since they have the biggest police department, they also have some of the highest education requirements. In order for a person to even be considered to be hired as a police officer, they have to have at least 60 college credits and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Now besides that they prefer most officers to be 21 years old, and the have to pass a written exam, take a medical examination, and a psychological evaluation. Now if the can manage that they will also have to take a physical fitness test. Now their physical exam is a little bit different then most other police departments physical exams, because you are required to do 6 different stations, all pertaining to police work in less then four minutes and thirty seconds.

Now if you complete all the exams and tests, then you will have to make it through the oral boards, and of course a background investigation, drug screening, and a character investigation. Now all of that is just for you to get hired and enter the police academy.

Now once you get hired that is when the hard work begins. Since New York is a very busy state, and because it is subject to all types of criminal threats, the New York Police Department academy is a lot more intense then others. All one has to do is remember the fact that New York was the state that had to handle the 911 terrorist attack. There is a lot of training that recruits can expect to go through, and will look at some of them.

Now as one might imagine one of the most important parts of training is the heavy emphasis they place on physical training. There intense training is designed to get the cadets prepared for the rigors of police work. Along with the physical training they also teach proper handcuffing and frisking techniques.

Now along with physical training and tactical training, they also place a huge emphasis on firearms training. Since firearms are essential to the job, the academy makes sure the recruit is very familiar with their firearm and very good with their firearm. They do have you shoot at targets and also in combat situations, so the recruit is prepared when they hit the streets.

Not like most other academies they also place a heavy amount of training on driving. Police officers are required to drive in a lot of high risk situations, so they train you well on driving safely, even through pursuit situations. There is a lot of training on defensive driving as well, and the recruit will be required to drive through an obstacle course. They will also make sure that they train the recruit on the different criminal and traffic codes, so they know what criminal charges to place, and what traffic violations are on-going.

Now there are many other courses they train their recruits on, but because of the high probability that New York has for terrorists, and because of some very high potential targets, like the Empire State Building, Wall Street,The Statue of Liberty, and the United Nations, officers are also trained for high tense situations. New York offers a whole host of different situations that other states do not have to worry about.

Now the New York Police academy has one of the longest police academies in the United States. The academy usually last 28 weeks. Now once the recruit graduates the academy, the training is still not over. Once the police officers gets assigned to his particular department, then they will go through a ten week field training program. The field training program is designed to take the rookie police officer with a veteran officer. The field training officer will teach him how to use what he learned in the academy, to the street.

Now the veteran that they assign the rookie to is not just any officer, they usually have been trained on how to be a field training officer. The want the police officer to be trained by the very best for any situation that may arise. Now if you make it as a police officer in the state of New York, you will be paid well. Most rookie police officers make about $44,000 a year, but they earn every bit of it. As a police officer, it is a very rewarding job, and you will get to make a tangible difference in people’s lives. However in New York, more is expected of their officers, because of the volume of activity that takes place there.

If you graduate from the New York police department, you can be proud of your accomplishments. It is one of the hardest and most distinguished police departments in the United States, and as the song says, if you can make it her you can make it anywhere.

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